What I Learned on My Winter Vacation, or Is Water Good for You?

What I Learned on My Winter Vacation, or Is Water Good for You?

I spent the last three weeks mainly in Europe, and mainly on a cruise, but unlike Newt Gingrich, I don't purport to have learned anything about Europe's debt crisis, although the Greek, Italian and Spanish governments did all fall the moment we left each country.  What I did learn, or was reminded of, is that there is a very different way of thinking in Europe.  Instead of blaring out instructions at the security line at the airport, there is just one discreet sign, and if you don't do it right you are admonished for not having read or comprehended the sign.  To rebook our flights when we missed a connection due to fog, we were given the instruction to "Like" KLM on Facebook, without the further instruction to then post a message asking to be rebooked (that didn't work for me, by the way, after I finally figured it out). 

So I read with some interest the various stories that have circulated around the Internet with titles like "EU Says Water is Not Healthy" and "Now barmy EU says you CAN'T claim drinking water stops dehydration."  And this, of course, is to answer yesterday's pop quiz, which you'll recall asked if the following statement is true:

The regular consumption of significant amounts of water can reduce the risk of development of dehydration and of concomitant decrease of performance.

This was the question asked of a particular European Union agency with respect to a particular European Union law and the answer they gave was negative.  Which of course set off a firestorm of laughter and ridicule, followed by a reverse firestorm of alleged common sense explanations for why the EU was right.  With respect, pretty much everyone has exaggerated something here, intentionally or unintentionally. 

Read the entire article at the Food Liability Law Blog

 

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